UPDATE: The envelope, please: Mayor announces panel
It's time for Mayor Nutter to walk the talk by a July 1 deadline when it comes to his pledge to make Fairmount Park "one of the best" - by picking top-flight members for the new parks and recreation commission. These are the folks who - in much the same way as the now-abolished 142-year-old Fairmount Park Commission - will be charged with making sure the 9,200-acre park is around for the next 142 years.
City Council just the other week sent Nutter a list of 25 candidates from which the mayor will pick nine. Council fielded more than 200 inquiries from would-be park commissions - a turnout that, in and of itself, was quite a statement of faith and dedication to the park system.